Poll Explores Views Of Women Superintendents
A forthcoming book by two professors who study educational leadership, C. Cryss Brunner of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Margaret Grogan of the University of Missouri- Columbia, examines the perceptions and experiences of women superintendents.
Included in the book is a survey to which about 1,300 female superintendents and other top central-office administrators responded. The book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield.
|WOMEN SUPERINTENDENTS||Women of Color||White Women|
|Secured the job of superintendent within a year of searching||40%||51%|
|Felt that the tendency of school boards not to actively recruit women was an important or somewhat important factor in finding a job||86%||73%|
|Perceived a mid-management career ceiling||87%||67%|
|Believe they were hired to be change agents||41%||25%|
|Lack of professional networks was a barrier for them||84%||69%|
|TOP CENTRAL-OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS (including superintendents)|
|Women in central-office positions aspire to the superintendency||50%||37%|
|Saw discriminatory hiring practices as a major problem in limiting opportunity||61%||20%|
|Were hired by school boards that included at least one person of color||69%||23%|
|Felt the lack of professional networks was a barrier||91%||64%|
|Believed that a general lack of mentors was a problem for them||86%||69%|
Vol. 25, Issue 24, Page 22